HTC One (M8 EYE) is Official in China With a 13MP Rear Duo Camera

During yesterday’s press event in NYC, we were expecting HTC to give us upwards of three products – the Desire EYE, RE camera, and a new HTC One (M8 EYE) that included a 13MP Duo Camera setup. We got the first two, but for whatever reason, the new One (M8) model didn’t make the cut, even though HTC seemed to have teased it the day before. Clearly, that wasn’t a tease at all, just a message to literally focus on the date only.

I have good news, though! The HTC One (M8 EYE) is now official…in China.  (more…)

HTC “Double Exposure” Event Live Blog (With Live Video)!

HTC kicks off the first of two major press events this week in New York City with their “Double Exposure” gathering that goes down this afternoon at 1PM Pacific (4PM Eastern). The event, which our boy Dave is in attendance at, is likely to showcase a new model of the One (M8) that may feature a 13MP Duo Camera setup. Outside of that, HTC appears to be ready to enter the GoPro camera arena with a device called the REcamera. The REcamera already has a dedicated website, which gave us official images of the submarine-inspired shooter.

We aren’t expecting the HTC Nexus 9 to make an appearance, but you just never know. Rumors peg October 15 or 16 as the unveiling of that device, so it would be surprising if Google allows HTC to spoil the anticipation ahead of time. Maybe we’ll get a mention or a teaser…something.

So again, we have a man on the scene for the festivities afterwards, which we hope means hands-on time with new phones or this new camera.

HTC is live streaming the event (video below), so we can all watch along as things unfold. A live blog has been included as well, because we love sharing opinions in real-time.  (more…)

Report: HTC to Release “M8_EYE,” Features 13MP Rear-facing Camera

According to two separate Twitter leakers, HTC is set to launch a new variant of the One (M8), internally called the M8_EYE, complete with a 13MP rear-facing shooter and Duo Camera setup.

From what the leakers state, the phone should feature all of the M8’s same specifications, except for its new shooter. In addition, the phone will run Android 4.4+ with Sense 6 out of the box, just like the current M8 offering from HTC.  (more…)

Android 4.4.3 Update With Extreme Power Saving Rolling Out to HTC One (M8) on Verizon

The Android 4.4.3 update for Verizon’s HTC One (M8) is finally rolling out to users, with Extreme Power Saving Mode in tow. The update was originally supposed to start showing up on phones yesterday, but a slight delay pushed it until today. You all survived, right?

The update weighs in at 673.5MB, according to at least one reader who has already seen it.  (more…)

HTC Hosting “Double Exposure” Event on October 8

HTC just invited press to a special event titled “Double Exposure” that is taking place on October 8 in New York City. Dirty details of the topic at hand were not included, so we are left to speculate.

The press invite shows two women holding an HTC One (M8), potentially taking a selfie, along with a couple of green boxes. Of course, that phone has been out for months and is unlikely to be featured again. Are we getting a new phone or the new HTC Nexus 9 that NVIDIA confirmed in legal documents? Tough to tell, but it is about time for HTC to give us something for the holidays.

Thoughts?

Comparison: iPhone 6 and Plus vs. Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 4 vs. Moto X vs. G3 vs. One (M8)

Apple is done showing off the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (official names), so we slapped their available specs into a chart below to show how they stack up against Android’s current flagship devices. The new Moto X and Galaxy Note 4 are as new as these new Apple devices, but the Galaxy S5, LG G3, and One (M8) are veterans at this point. Still, Android devices have pushed the limits of specs for years now, often upgrading specs here and there throughout the year with new models.  Apple still only gives us one (now two) phone(s) per year, but every so often, comes out swinging with a major upgrade, like they did last year with their 64-bit processor.

In the chart below, you will see Apple’s new storage scheme (they are skipping 32GB), the new bigger displays and their resolutions, inclusion of new chips like NFC, and the weight and size measurements of devices that are now on the same level as you favorite Android phones. You have to admit that it feels a little odd to have Apple in our oversized phone neighborhood, but the move shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Thoughts?  (more…)